Sewing with Nancy Videos
Premiered: August 19, 2013
Jennifer Chiaverini, author of the Elm Creek Quilt series, introduces her new book, The Giving Quilt. Elm Creek Manor is the host of “Quiltsgiving,” a one-week quilt camp that takes place right after Thanksgiving. In exchange for the free week of learning, all quilts made go to Project Linus, a real life organization that provides quilts, afghans, and blankets for children in need.
Premiered: November 25, 2012
Nancy welcomes author, Jennifer Chiaverini, to give insight into her 18th book, The Wedding Quilt. Sara, the character that was getting married in Jennifer’s first novel, is now the mother of the bride. Sarah never had a wedding quilt, but she wants to make sure that her daughter has one.
Premiered: November 25, 2013
Nancy Watts taught women in Mongolia to quilt to make an income. Her husband John took photos to capture the pride and joy in the smiles of these women. John and Mary’s biggest challenges were the language barrier, limited electricity, and using the metric system. They used silk scraps from China to make beautiful quilted projects. Nancy’s teaching was a phenomenal donation of time.
Premiered: December 2, 2012
Quilts do more than keep us warm—they can change hearts and teach life lessons. Judith Meeker, an elementary school teacher, joins Nancy via Skype to tell a a fascinating story of how she involves children, quilts, and sending warmth across the country and world with “More Than Warmth.”
Premiered: November 4, 2012
Judy Howard, Buckboard Quilts, joins Nancy to share her fascinating story of food for body and soul. Judy found a 1905 cookbook, researched the women contributing the 300 amusing recipes, wrote their heart-warming stories, and added vintage photos along with the original 1905 merchant ads. She uses the proceeds to donate to organizations that feed hungry children.
Premiered: October 24, 2010
Julie Crabtree, a textile artist who studied in England, shares her artistic expertise in creating 3D landscapes with beautiful textural stitching. The artistic process starts with photographs and sketching. Julie works on cotton canvas fabric, and includes hand painting, hand embroidery, free-motion embroidery, fabric texturizing, and beading in her work to achieve the most depth in each piece.
Premiered: October 21, 2012
Julie Stephens from the Chattahoochee Evening Stars in Alpharetta, Georgia shares how a member, Janie Stokes, challenged the guild to create story quilts to go along with the storybooks. The guild made 37 quilts for 37 books and presented them at a quilt show. The children are able to touch the quilts as the stories are read, and they learn about quilting in the process.
Premiered: January 9, 2011
Karen Demaree represents the organization called Quilts of Valor, a group of thousands of volunteers who make quilts for wounded and injured Armed Service members and their families. Their mission is to cover all those service members and veterans touched by war with Quilts of Valor. Made of only the best quality fabrics, over 33,000 quilts have been presented, and the number grows every day.
Premiered: December 26, 2010
Fiber artist Karen Linduska begins her newest thread painting projects by needle felting on a base of craft felt. Karen incorporates yarn, lace, and decorative stitching in this postcard size art - personal greetings may also be included. The background is the starting point, and from there Karen creates landscape textures with a variety of mediums and decorative stitches, layer by layer.
Premiered: September 23, 2013
Thanks to a collaboration between the City of Missoula Public Art Committee and the Missoula Electric Quilters, local traffic signal boxes, once eyesores, are now covered in designed artwork. Kathi Olson and Chris Milodragovich from Missoula, Montana, joined Nancy via Skype to talk about this unique project.
Premiered: October 14, 2012
Silk sari remnants and selvages from the factory floors of India become beautiful fiber yarns. Ken Wing works with the Woman’s Cooperative in India to turn scraps of silk into gorgeous hanks of fiber. This project provides income and a purpose for 250 women, giving the women who would normally work two months of the year, income all year round.
Premiered: January 16, 2011
Award-winning blind artist Ketra Oberlander began the Art of Possibility Studios, the only for-profit art publishing and licensing brand exclusively representing physically disabled artists. Ketra is colorblind due to a condition called Cone Dystrophy. She and other artists have banded together to bring their experience and creativity into a springboard for creative interpretations. (Part 1/2)